The church of St. Feoca is mostly 19thc., but retains a south aisle arcade of the 15thc. with plain capitals and five four-centred arches. Some of the doorways and windows are also 15thc.
The detached 13thc. bell tower is a sturdy square stone building with battered wall set over a basement. It has a single doorway with a simple pointed arch, small louvred ventilators to the bell storey, and a pyramidal slate roof.
Romanesque sculpture can be found on the font.
Records of a church on the same site as the present building date from the 13thc., but all that remains is the detached bell tower. The position of the tower, on higher ground at the top of the churchyard and above the main church building, may have also acted as a look-out to the Fal river and Carrick Roads.
The church, including the chancel, nave, south aisle and transept, was renovated and enlarged in 1864. However, in 1874 the retired vicar, Thomas Phillpotts, became dissatisfied with the church and drew up plans for a new church. The old church was taken down, but much of the stonework of piers and arches, windows and doorways was incorporated into the new building, which was designed by Piers St. Aubyn and opened in 1876.
The bowl of the font is of exceptional quality and is said to date from 1130. It is constructed of Catacleuse stone, known as Blue Elvan in Cornwall, and is probably from the disused quarries on the cliffs at Catacleuse Point near Padstow. This is a fine-grained and very dense stone and was often used for Romanesque fonts because it could be finely carved. The stone is dark green when freshly quarried but develops a browny-red tinge when weathered, as on the St Feock font. The bowl is hemispherical, and lock marks can be seen on the rim. The bowl is crisply carved with a frieze of two tiers of saltire crosses and a row of zig-zags around the top. Below this are eight precisely carved raised circles containing identical raised ‘tree of life’ leaf motifs.
The shaft supporting the bowl is carved in a different stone, granite, and may not be original; it is in a tapering, turned style with a cable moulding around the centre. The circular base is now set on an octagonal plinth.
|Diameter of base||99 cm|
|Diameter of bowl||65.5 cm|
|Height of base||17 cm|
|Height of bowl||24 cm|
|Height of shaft||51.0 cm|
|Overall height||90.5 cm|
|Width of plinth||165 cm|
P. Beacham and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Cornwall, New Haven and London (2014) 195-96.
C. D. North, St. Feock: the Saint, the Church, the Parish (guide by local expert).
Rev. E. J. Saunders, A short history and guide to the Parish and Church of St. Feock, Nr. Truro (Church guide).